Bayou La Batre Community Liaison
Kim-Lien Tran is a community organizer in south Alabama. She currently works for Boat People SOS, a nonprofit located in Bayou La Batre, serving the South Mobile County, as the program coordinator/ community health worker for the OMH Health Awareness & Promotion Program (HAPP), navigating patients to their health care needs, ensuring that the language barrier to access is at a minimal, and organizing health events in order to educate the community as well as bring resources to the community in which the community could not access due to limited transportation access. She uses her bilingual skills in both Vietnamese and English to assist her patients in the most effective way possible. She is also a strong advocate for the rights of minorities and women.
Kim-Lien re-established the Mobile Advisory Board, a collaboration of community organizers after the BP Oil Spill in 2010 organized by Project Rebound to share resources throughout the communities and also to link organizations together to build stronger, more resilient communities. She is also serving as a board member for Mostellar Medical Center, Center for Fair Housing and Mercy Life of Alabama.
Kim-Lien has been through many trainings and certifications. She is certified as a Community Health Worker under Tulane University and University of South Alabama’s CRRC program, Community Health Advisor under American Cancer Society, VITA Tax Preparer in collaboration with the IRS, and Community Health Leader, Satcher Health Leadership Program under Morehouse School of Medicine, Community Interpreting in Social Service and Trauma-Related Setting under Community Interpretation Training Institute (CITI) conducted by Asian Women’s Shelter. She was also trained under the University of South Alabama’s CRRC’s Advanced Chronic Disease Management Course. Kim-Lien is also a certified and trained as a Medical Coding Professional through Virginia College.